Public lectures and events

Saturday Forum | Secret Vancouver: Return to Hogan’s Alley

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 1:00 PM

Hogan’s Alley is an essential part of the history and soul of Vancouver. This vibrant, notorious neighbourhood was a magnet for famous entertainers (it’s where Sammy Davis Jr. learned to dance!). But it was also seen by 1960s city planners as an example of urban blight, and became the first few blocks destroyed to make way for a proposed 12-lane freeway. We’ll view the short documentary Secret Vancouver: Return to Hogan’s Alley, followed by discussion with the director Melinda Friedman, and featured contributor Wayde Compton

Admission to these forums is free and open to all adults.

This free event is co-sponsored by the SFU Seniors Lifelong Learning Society.

Date(s): Sat, Feb 5, 1–3 p.m.

Location: Room 1800, SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre)

Admission: Free and open to all adults, but please register.

Related topic(s): Liberal Arts


  • Wayde Compton

    Wayde Compton is the author of 49th Parallel Psalm, a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize; Performance Bond; After Canaan: Essays on Race Writing and Region, which was nominated for a City of Vancouver Book Award; and The Outer Harbour: Stories. He also edited the anthology Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature. He is a co-founder of the Hogan’s Alley Memorial Project, an organization that has collaborated on multiple projects intent on preserving the public memory of Vancouver’s original black community. Wayde is the former director of the creative writing program at SFU Continuing Studies.

Melinda Friedman 

Born and raised in NYC, Melinda Friedman now calls Vancouver home and works as a full time producer and director for Spotlight Productions. Currently focussed on creating short documentaries, she has previously worked as an editor and story editor on feature films, reality, comedy, documentary and tech series. She received an B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and has studied at the Sorbonne and VFS.  Secret Vancouver: Return to Hogan’s Alley is her first historical film.



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